Book Review: Three Books from Stark House Press

Book Review: Three Books from Stark House Press   Stark House Press’s recent releases include both new fiction and rereleases of classic works.  The following three books provide widely different plots and themes, but all are worth a look.   The Thing Beyond Reason/Echo of a Careless Voice/Blotted Out is a collection of three novellas […]

Book Review: More Sherlock Holmes Pastiches

Book Review: More Sherlock Holmes Pastiches   New entries in the Sherlock Holmes saga have become a subgenre in themselves in crime fiction, and this review will cover some interesting new releases.   Liese Sherwood-Fabre has released three books in a series of the early years of Sherlock Holmes.  In her works, Sherlock is still […]

Book Review: Hellfire, by John Gilstrap

Book Review: Hellfire, by John Gilstrap   This is one page-turner of a thriller.  There’s so much testosterone in it that holding the book while I read it caused hair to grow on the palms of my hands.  I would have finished the novel a lot earlier, but I had to stop reading every three […]

DVD Review: Quiz

DVD Review: Quiz Quiz is based on the true story of the biggest game show scandal since Twenty-One in the 1950’s.  Many Americans are unaware that Who Wants to be A Millionaire? was originally a British series, which was imported to the United States, where pounds were converted into dollars.  Quiz begins with the network, […]

Top Twelve Mystery Novels of 2020

2020 was a year to forget, but thanks to these twelve highly talented authors, we had wonderful novels that helped us escape the real life problems and suffering around us. Here are the Top Twelve Mystery Novels of 2020 in no particular order. The Finisher by Peter Lovesey (SOHO Press) It’s hard to believe that Peter Lovesey […]

Book Review: The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe

Book Review: The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe   The surest proof that something has become a genuine part of the popular culture is when it can be parodied.  How many fictional characters of the twenty-first century (strictly from books, not from television or movies) are sufficiently recognizable to the average person that a good-natured riff […]

Book Review: The Potato Masher Murder

Book Review: The Potato Masher Murder   Decades after the fact, it’s disturbing to discover that a member of your family was murdered.  It’s even more shocking to discover that another family member was responsible for that violent death.  This scenario actually happened to Gary Sosniecki, a journalist who discovered that in 1906, his great-grandmother Cecilia […]

BOOK REVIEW: Further MX Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  BOOK REVIEW: Further MX Adventures of Sherlock Holmes   MX Publishing continues to release new Sherlock Holmes stories, bringing new perspectives and approaches to familiar figures and settings. The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes by Kieran Lyne is a new edition to a popular subgenre of Sherlock Holmes literature: Holmes’ investigation of the Jack […]

Book Review: Clean Hands

Book Review: Clean Hands   Clean Hands is a slick, fast-moving thriller, written with skill and aplomb by a talented writer who knows how to keep action flowing swiftly.  It’s very neatly crafted, and reads like a taut suspense movie.  Patrick Hoffman does a lot really well with his novel, but there are a few shortcomings that […]

Book Review: Five More American Mystery Classics

Book Review: Five More American Mystery Classics   The American Mystery Classics series continues to republish some great crime novels of the past, featuring some of the greatest talents in the genre, including some legends who have unfortunately fallen into undeserved obscurity. John Dickson Carr made his name with the “locked room” mysteries and impossible crimes […]